Simple Slant Shawl Pattern

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[Diagram of the parts of a diagonal shawl]

Basic Diagonal Shawl

Ignoring the eyelet border for now, here is how to knit a diagonal rectangular shawl.

Beginning Triangle

Cast on 3 sts. You will increase at the beginning of each row in a manner that makes a slightly lacy edge.

Increase row: YO, k1, YO, k2tog, k to end of row.

To make a YO at the beginning of a row, hold the yarn to the front of the work, put the needle through the first stitch as if to knit, then move the yarn over the needle to the back of the work and knit the first stitch. It may help to hold the yarn on top of the needle with your right thumb as you do the first stitch.

Repeat this row every row, until the width of your piece, from the cast-on point along the edge up to the needle, is as wide as you want it to be. This level is shown in the diagram by the first heavy horizontal line.

At this point check to see how much yarn you have used. You will need the same amount of yarn to make the triangle that finishes the top of the rectangle. Set aside that amount of yarn, or maybe a bit more just to be sure.

Slanting Portion

Now you will make the center, slanted portion of the shawl. You will continue to increase on one side of the shawl (shown as the right side in the diagram) but will now decrease on the other side (left side in the diagram). You will do a two-row repeat, as follows:

Shaping row: YO, k1, YO, k2tog, k to within 4 sts of the end of the row, k2tog, k2.
Other row: YO, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k to end of row.

Continue until your shawl is as long as you want it, or until you have only enough yarn left to make the ending triangle.

Ending Triangle

Now you will decrease on both edges. Work the following row every row until only three stitches remain--

Decrease row: YO, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k to within 4 sts of the end of the row, k2tog, k2.

When only three stitches remain, bind off.

Diagonal shawl with eyelet border design

The shaping of the eyelet-bordered shawl is done exactly the same as for the plain shawl. Because the eyelets are worked on one row, with the following row plain, you will need to mark the "front" side, or the "right" edge of your piece.

Knit the beginning triangle as described until the number of stitches on the needles is twice as many as you want the borders to be. Remember that one stitch will be increased in your first row, so allow for that. For example, in the shawl I show, the borders are 24 stitches wide. When there were 47 stitches on my needles, it was time to knit the row with the first (corner) eyelet.

Pattern row: Continuing with shaping as in the basic shawl, knit to within 2 stitches of the center of your row. K2tog, YO, k to the end of the row.
Plain row:Knit across row, following the shaping instructions.

For the rest of the beginning triangle, you will make eyelets that slant to the right of your first eyelet and to the left of the last.

Pattern row: Work to within 2 stitches of the first eyelet in the second row below, k2tog, YO, k to the last eyelet in the second row below, k the stitch above the eyelet, YO, k2tog, work across row. This will place a new eyelet one stitch outside of the eyelets in the previous pattern rows.
Plain row: knit across row, following the shaping instructions.

On the row where you begin the decreasing for the slanting portion of the shawl, you will also begin making both rows of eyelets slant to the right.

On the row where you begin the ending triangle of the shawl, make the first row of eyelets slant to the left, and continue the second row slanting right. When only one stitch separates the two eyelets, work the three stitches as k2tog, YO, k1, and continue across the row.

Copyright statement: This is an original design by Judy Gibson, December 8, 2002. Permission is granted to print and use this pattern for personal noncommercial use, provided this notice is included. No commercial use or publication of this design--in hard copy or electronic form--are permitted without explicit consent from the designer. Contact:

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